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              The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts
               

              The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts (Hardback)

              By Ferrara, Silvia; Translated by Portnowitz, Todd

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              A code-cracking mission to decipher the hidden truths and histories of our greatest invention - the art of writing.

              ISBN 9781529064759
              Released NZ 26 Jul 2022
              Publisher Pan Macmillan
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              In Search of Amrit Kaur: An Indian Princess in Wartime Paris
                 

              In Search of Amrit Kaur: An Indian Princess in Wartime Paris (Hardback)

              By Sambuy, Livia Manera; Translated by Portnowitz, Todd

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                12 Jan 23

              On a sweltering day in 2007, Italian writer Livia Manera Sambuy encounters a photograph of Princess Amrit Kaur in a Mumbai museum. The picture is arresting, gorgeous - but the caption will change Livia's life forever. It claims that the Punjabi princess sold her jewels in occupie...d Paris to save Jewish lives, only to be arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp where she died within a year. It's a sensational story - and for Livia, the beginning of a compulsive search for the truth as she delves into the history of the British Raj, the diamonds and sapphires of the twentieth-century aristocracy, and the lives of extraordinary figures: bankers, jewellers, explorers and spies. Past and present converge when Livia travels to meet Bubbles, the princess's daughter, now in her eighties. Striving to reconnect Bubbles with the elusive woman who abandoned her in 1933, Livia unearths a strange and complicated family history; one that diverges unexpectedly from the story that Livia set out to uncover. Filled with glamour and terror, beauty and sorrow, In Search of Amrit Kaur is an engrossing detective story, a kaleidoscopic history lesson, and a moving portrait of mothers, lovers and daughters across the century, seeking personal freedom.
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              ISBN 9781784741198
              Publisher Vintage
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              Long Live Latin: The Pleasures of a Useless Language
               

              Long Live Latin: The Pleasures of a Useless Language (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Gardini, Nicola; Translated by Portnowitz, Todd

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              A lively exploration of the joys of a not-so-dead language From the acclaimed novelist and Oxford professor Nicola Gardini, a personal and passionate look at the Latin language: its history, its authors, its essential role in education, and its enduring impact on modern life--whe...ther we call it dead or not. What use is Latin? It's a question we're often asked by those who see the language of Cicero as no more than a cumbersome heap of ruins, something to remove from the curriculum. In this sustained meditation, Gardini gives us his sincere and brilliant reply: Latin is, quite simply, the means of expression that made us--and continues to make us--who we are. In Latin, the rigorous and inventive thinker Lucretius examined the nature of our world; the poet Propertius told of love and emotion in a dizzying variety of registers; Caesar affirmed man's capacity to shape reality through reason; Virgil composed the Aeneid, without which we'd see all of Western history in a different light. In Long Live Latin, Gardini shares his deep love for the language--enriched by his tireless intellectual curiosity--and warmly encourages us to engage with a civilization that has never ceased to exist, because it's here with us now, whether we know it or not. Thanks to his careful guidance, even without a single lick of Latin grammar readers can discover how this language is still capable of restoring our sense of identity, with a power that only useless things can miraculously express.
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              ISBN 9781250758149
              Publisher Picador
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              The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts
                

              The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ferrara, Silvia; Translated by Portnowitz, Todd

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              • Pub Date
                28 Feb 23

              In this exhilarating celebration of human ingenuity and perseverance--published all around the world--a trailblazing Italian scholar sifts through our cultural and social behavior in search of the origins of our greatest invention: writing. The L where a tabletop meets the legs, ...the T between double doors, the D of an armchair's oval backrest--all around us is an alphabet in things. But how did these shapes make it onto the page, never mind form complex structures such as this sentence? In The Greatest Invention, Silvia Ferrara takes a profound look at how--and how many times--human beings have managed to produce the miracle of written language, traveling back and forth in time and all across the globe to Mesopotamia, Crete, China, Egypt, Central America, Easter Island, and beyond. With Ferrara as our guide, we examine the enigmas of undeciphered scripts, including famous cases like the Phaistos Disk and the Voynich Manuscript; we touch the knotted, colored strings of the Inca quipu; we study the turtle shells and ox scapulae that bear the earliest Chinese inscriptions; we watch in awe as Sequoyah single-handedly invents a script for the Cherokee language; and we venture to the cutting edge of decipherment, in which high-powered laser scanners bring tears to an engineer's eye. A code-cracking tour around the globe, The Greatest Invention chronicles a previously uncharted journey, one filled with past flashes of brilliance, present-day scientific research, and a faint, fleeting glimpse of writing's future.
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              ISBN 9781250862990
              Publisher Picador
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              The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts
                

              The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts (Hardback)

              By Ferrara, Silvia; Translated by Portnowitz, Todd

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              Silvia Ferrara leads a code cracking mission to decipher the hidden truths and histories of our greatest invention-the art of writing --

              ISBN 9780374601621
              Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr
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              In Search of Amrit Kaur: A Passionate Silence
                 

              In Search of Amrit Kaur: A Passionate Silence (Hardback)

              By Sambuy, Livia Manera; Translated by Portnowitz, Todd

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                25 Apr 23

              Journalist and documentarian Livia Manera Sambuy unearths the details of the mysterious life of India's proto-feminist activist Princess Amrit Kaur. A few years ago, a newly discovered 1924 photograph of a beautiful Indian princess was shown in a Mumbai museum with an intriguing ...caption: the stunningly elegant young woman in the picture was said to have lived in France, and sold her jewels in Nazi-occupied Paris to save Jewish lives. According to the caption, she was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp, where she died within a year. The story was new and captivating, but how much of it was true? The life of H. H. Amrit Kaur remained a mystery even to the princess's daughter, who lived with the confusion of her mother's disappearance for the past seventy-five years. All she knew was that she abandoned India in 1933, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son, her Raja husband, and a legacy of activism in India's women's civil rights movement. Livia Manera Sambuy traveled to India to meet the princess's daughter, answer her questions, and unearth the secrets of Amrit Kaur's life. Who was the American woman that cost the princess her children? Why did her family never speak of her again? And what happened to her famous jewels? In Search of Amrit Kaur is the story of a woman who sacrificed everything to live a life of freedom, of the changing lives of Indian aristocracy, of the rubble left behind by the British Empire and the sweeping force of World War II, and, beneath it all, of the author's own life changing revelation. Includes black-and-white illustrations
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              ISBN 9780374106010
              Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr
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              Go Tell It to the Emperor: The Selected Poems of Pierluigi Cappello
                

              Go Tell It to the Emperor: The Selected Poems of Pierluigi Cappello (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Cappello, Pierluigi; Translated by Portnowitz, Todd

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              From one of Italy's most widely read and deeply treasured poets: an essential collection of verse, selected from all five of his major works, bringing this unique, mesmerizing voice to an English-speaking audience for the first time.

              ISBN 9781949966367
              Publisher Spuyten Duyvil
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              La Mezzanotte di Spoleto-Midnight in Spoleto
               

              La Mezzanotte di Spoleto-Midnight in Spoleto (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Portnowitz, Todd; Valesio, Paolo

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              In this enchanting collection of poems-a love story and a love letter to an ancient city-the renowned scholar of Italian literature turns his gaze on Spoleto. A curtain is drawn, a harpsichord resounds, a choir chants at midnight, a poor student paces a terrace, a valley swirls r...eflected in an espresso cup: in poem after poem Paolo Valesio evokes the song and solemnity of Spoleto, a hill town in Umbria and home to no more than 40,000. Home, as well, to the Festival of Two Worlds, a summer arts festival celebrating the city's two defining realms: the church and the theater. Drawing its title from one of the festival's main events-a series of choir performances at the ancient church of Sant'Eufemia-Midnight in Spoleto explores the unique spaces of the city and the scenes of a life there staged. As soon as they reached Spoleto, / with twilight approaching, / before even unzipping their bags, / they went to the piazza / to find something they'd left a summer ago. Never far from the lyrical narrative is the figure of St. Francis, the local genie, whose spirit guides and chides our raconteur. Valesio's layered visions and precise rhythms are here transported vitally into English, by the Raiziss/de Palchi-winning translator, Todd Portnowitz.
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              ISBN 9781942515821
              Publisher Fomite
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